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Balcony collapse wrongful death suit

Maryland residents may be interested in a lawsuit that had been filed in California involving the collapse of a balcony of an apartment building. The incident left six people dead and injured seven more. The victims and families settled a case against some of the companies responsible. The exact details of the settlement were not disclosed.

The lawsuit took two years to reach a final conclusion. The accident occurred in 2015 at the birthday party of a 21-year-old. According to the lawsuit, the contractors responsible for the balcony's construction cut corners to save money. Substandard materials were used that were more susceptible to rot and mold. As a result, the structural integrity of the balcony was compromised. The above average amount of weight placed on the balcony during the party caused it to fail, even though it should have held the weight. The balcony was on the fifth floor.

The construction company refused to admit fault for the accident, although legal challenges in addition to the lawsuit were leveled against it. Its license was revoked, and it agreed not to reapply for the license until 2020. The owner of the apartment complex also did not settle, and a trial date was set for 2018.

When a person is killed in an accident that is the result of another party's negligence, the families of the deceased may want to consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit with the assistance of an attorney. As in this case, lawsuits may be filed against companies responsible for the accident either directly or indirectly. Some amount of negligence must be involved. An attorney can outline the types of damages that can be sought in such a civil action.

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